Ten years before President Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, July 2016 to be précised, Tump was a famous real estate mogul with a hit reality TV series, The Apprentice, a new wife and a 4-month-old baby boy.
He was also allegedly having an affair with a porn star. Former adult film star Stormy Daniels recently filed a civil suit against Trump, claiming that the nondisclosure agreement she signed to keep quiet about their alleged affair is invalid. In court documents filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday and publicly shared by Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti on Twitter, Daniels states she and Trump had a sexual relationship, beginning at a July 2006 golf tournament in Lake Tahoe and continuing “well into the year 2007.”
The White House press secretary Sarah Sanders doubled down on earlier denials, telling CNN’s Jeff Zeleny, “The president has addressed these directly and made very well clear that none of these allegations are true. … Anything in addition to that I would refer you to the president’s outside counsel.”
As we wait for Daniels to tell more of her story, here’s a look back inside Trump’s world in 2006 at the time of the alleged affair.
- In July 2006, Trump and third wife Melania were recently married and had just welcomed son Barron, then 4 months
Trump and former model Melania Knauss wed on Jan. 22, 2005 and welcomed son Barron, now 11, a little more than a year later, on March 20, 2006. In April 2006, Trump, then 59, told PEOPLE in an exclusive interview, “Melania loves taking care of the baby. If we have more, it will be terrific.”
“He’s a very good baby,” Melania, then 35, said of Barron at the time. “He’s not like a crybaby – he’s calm, and it’s fantastic.” Trump seemed just as taken with his new son. Though he has often said he leaves the bulk of the parenting duties to his wives, he told PEOPLE at the time, “I love to feed the baby. Not because I have to, but just because I love it.”
The new baby seemed to fit perfectly into the couple’s then much quieter life. The pair told PEOPLE in January 2006 that they enjoyed spending evenings nesting at home, either at Mar-a-Lago in Florida or in their triplex apartment at Trump Tower in New York.
Both said they valued independence in their marriage. “She lets me have my space, which is great,” Trump said at the time. Melania agreed, “We are very independent, both of us.”
- In the summer of 2006, Trump was busy filming Season 6 of his reality TV series, The Apprentice, on NBC
In addition to overseeing the daily operations of his Trump Organization, the businessman also served as executive producer and host on The Apprentice, which by 2006 was past its prime, with ratings fading.
Used to crashes and comebacks, Trump was then considering new reality TV ideas and increasingly stepping up his public appearances, including one at Hugh Hefner’s 80th birthday party, Forbes reported at the time.
Trump would go on to host The Apprentice for eight more seasons, only resigning after declaring his candidacy for the presidency in 2015. He remains credited as an executive producer.